Tuesday, January 12, 2016

In Memoriam: David Bowie (1947-2016)

On Sunday, the world lost David Bowie.  A man whose music, talent, acting ability and influence is hard to quantify.

David Bowie
Photo by Jimmy King
For those of us that are a certain age (I'm 40), we know Bowie largely from his past and his great works like Space Oddity, Rebel Rebel, Changes, Let's Dance, Ashes to Ashes, Under Pressure and a variety of other hits.  Thankfully, Bowie didn't leave the Earth before getting one last beautiful album off.

Critics have been gushing over his release Blackstar, but they had no idea until Sunday what it meant.  You see, Bowie knew the end of the story before we did, and Blackstar is, according to those close to him, what he wanted the world to receive after he had passed.

I always respected David Bowie's music, but I somehow respect him even more now.  To write your own ending is the perfect PR coup, and he did it.  It's somehow heroic to give cancer the middle finger like that and say, "Nope, this is how I will be remembered."

Bravo, David Bowie for your final act.  I hope you have one hell of an encore.

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